KDE Commit-Digest for 9th January 2011

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest:

  • Beginnings of type support for lists in KDevelop’s Python plugin
  • Cantor’s Qalculate backend is improved
  • KStars gains a feature to predict a star hopping route and dynamic switching between OpenGL and native backends
  • Marble sees improvements to the "Postition Marker" configuration dialog, gets "Earthquake" and "Overview Map" configuration dialogs and a planet option for the map creation wizard
  • Bug fixes to Plasma and its applets, KDE PIM, Phonon, and Amarok
  • Bug fixes to KIO Slaves and a large fix for the implementation of KIO Slaves in Rekonq
  • The table of contents generator in Calligra Words is improved
  • Improvements are made to Office Open XML format importing in Calligra
  • KMyMoney gets an improved .csv file importer
  • Skrooge can import Money Manager EX files
  • Work is done on action editor for Krita
  • KPlato is renamed to Calligra Plan and gets more view options and other improvements to Gantt charts
  • A prototype mobile version of Kexi is introduced
  • Cirkuit supports GHNS
  • Kamoso supports Nepomuk and more webcams
  • Apper, formerly known as KPackagekit, gets a single KDE Control Center Module for its settings and its updater and gains an option to stop checking for updates when on battery power
  • Nepomuk’s performance is improved
  • The majority of KMail is ported to the KConfigXT architecture
  • Rekonq gains a user agent switcher
  • Kiosk gets bug fixes for application compatibility and a feature for file browsing restrictions
  • TagLib now has full read/write support for FLAC files
  • GStreamer becomes the preferred Phonon backend and is able to install plugins automatically
  • The Oxygen 16x16 mimetype icons are finished
  • The Akonadi KDE system tray, KAlternatives and Krusader move to Git.

Read the rest of the Digest here.


I am confused, I remember seeing a blog saying that VLC is now the preferred backend for Phonon. Or is it now largely a matter of personal preference, and we have two great backends to enjoy?

By tangent at Sat, 2011/02/12 - 10:43am

I can tell you that after some recent updates I couldn't skip ahead in songs any more. Checked phonon and it was set to GStreamer (which I don't remember being the case before). Changing it back to either xine or VLC fixed it. And at freenode (irc) I was told VLC was the better choice. Just anecdotal experience, take it for what it's worth.

By Jorge Adriano at Sat, 2011/02/12 - 1:36pm

The 4.6 update wanted to use VLC by default, which pulls in xulrunner. Even on a CoreDuo at 2.8GHz and three threads *still* takes almost a half hour to compile. I changed my use flags to use Xine, as has been "default" for KDE for years. I've never had any issues.



I should have been a bit more clear. On *Gentoo*, the USE flags default to VLC. I don't know about other distros.

By Xanadu at Mon, 2011/02/14 - 3:06am

Ohh.. Python support! I've love to see that work in KDevelop. :-D

Do you guys see a chance to get code completion implemented there as well?

By vdboor at Mon, 2011/02/14 - 10:12am